I used BackupBuddy to revert the database and overwrote the wordpress files of version 5.0.2 with 4.9.9. However I can't use the admin without the Database Update Required screen blocking me. How to i stop this upgrade from happening?

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  • To clarify I think the issue is caused by left over files (perhaps an upgrade trigger) from 5.0.2 that are not normally there for 4.9.9. It is not an automatic security update it it is some something telling wordpress the database needs to be upgraded even though I've replaced the files with 4.9.9 and downgraded the database. Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 12:25

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You are facing the issue due to the different database versions. Please, follow this steps to fix the issue:

  1. Head to /wp-include/ folder.
  2. Open the version.php file.
  3. Find the value for $wp_db_version.
  4. Open your database. Find wp_options.
  5. Use the following line to identify the value of db_version:

    SELECT option_value FROM yourdatabase.wp_options WHERE option_name = 'db_version';

The values of $wp_db_version and db_version must be the same. Make sure that you make the change in the version.php file, but not the database.

  • Don't edit core files. Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 12:31
  • Strange but the values are already the same Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 12:37

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